Windward Road, John Mills set for another gigantic battle

first_imgAfter breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.last_img read more

Stott wins record sixth Drak Challenge

first_img24 February 2009Ant Stott scooped a record-breaking sixth victory in the Drakensberg Challenge Canoe Marathon at the end of a thrilling battle with defending champion Len Jenkins on Sunday. While Stott, a veteran of the Drak Challenge, was notching up yet another title, Michelle Eray won the women’s race on her first attempt.Stott seized a fleeting opportunity at Heaven and Hell Rapid to put space between himself and Jenkins on the full and fast-flowing Umzimkulu River to win by 40 seconds.“We worked together at the beginning, but when we got to Heaven and Hell I took a better line and managed to get ahead,” said Stott.Boat brokenThe much anticipated challenge from the chasing group of Gauteng teenager Grant van der Walt and Hank McGregor evaporated when McGregor broke his boat at Taylor’s Weir, 15 minutes from the start of the final stage, leaving Van der Walt to try and hunt down the two leaders on his own.His brave solo challenge came tantalisingly close and he was happy to settle for third place and the final spot on the podium. His younger brother Brandon van der Walt also enjoyed a flawless race, finishing seventh overall and first in the junior category.“Glenhaven was bigger than I expected!” said Stott. “Grant (van der Walt) was the man of the hour, he made up so much distance today!” he added.“Well done to Ant (Stott) for today!” said Jenkins. “We worked together most of the way and then my boat started taking on some water, and then Ant (Stott) just got ahead.”‘I had to go it alone’“I had a really good day!” said Van der Walt. “But when Hank (McGregor) broke at Taylor’s Weir I had to just go at it alone. I tried to gain on them, but didn’t manage to get close enough. But overall the water was great. I had no damage to by boat and no swims!”The women’s race was laced with drama as the trio of Robyn Kime, Carol Joyce and Michele Eray provided a riveting spectacle over the 38-kilometre final stage, which was raced on a full river after heavy overnight thunderstorms, in sharp contrast to the low water levels of the first stage.Joyce fell off the front bunch after a swim at Taylor’s Weir shortly after the start, followed by another silly swim on the outskirts of Underberg.Kime’s challenge for the title was undermined when she capsized at the Underberg Weir; her chances of recovering well enough to contest the title then ended with a horrific swim down the wild Glenhaven Rapid.Strongest women’s fieldThe win for the ecstatic Eray capped a highly competitive race featuring the strongest women’s field assembled for many years. Eray, the reigning Dubai Shamaal champion and one of the stars of the South African sprint team at the Beijing Olympics, came into the race under-prepared, recovering from tendon surgery to her forearm.“I had a jol, hey!” she said. “I had plans to sit behind Carol and get her to show me the river, but she swam at Underberg so I went into the gorge lonesome ownsome!” laughed Eray.“It’s great here and I’m surprised I’ve never been here before! I’ll definitely be back next year!” she smiled.“I had two swims today, one at Glenhaven and then again at Underberg Weir,” said Kime. “Carol (Joyce) caught me at Glenhaven and then we worked together the rest of the way until I broke away a bit at the end. I’d love to come up here every weekend!” she added.‘Two silly swims’“Unfortunately it wasn’t a good day for me!” said Joyce. “I would have preferred to have done two stages of day one. I had two silly swims twenty minutes in to the race at Taylor’s Weir and some place nearby. But it was not a bad result overall.”The big field of 808 paddlers enjoyed two days of clear hot Southern Drakensberg weather and an Umzimkulu River that varied from frustratingly low on the first stage to wild waves and holes on the final stage of the race.RESULTSMen Ant Stott 03:50:19 Len Jenkins 03:51:00 Grant van der Walt 03:51:10 Greg Louw 03:59:11 Jacques Theron 03:59:16 Piers Cruickshanks 04:02:22 Brandon van der Walt 04:02:32 Ryan Louw 04:04:18 Michael Arthur 04:06:43 Murray Burgess 04:06:47 Women Michele Eray 04:20:57 Robyn Kime 04:23:54 Carol Joyce 04:24:31 Hilary Pitchford 04:33:50 Danica Vorster 04:35:29 Jen Hodson 04:36:47 Abie Adie 04:37:06 Michelle Eder 04:40:22 Tamika Haw 04:44:05 Tiffany Kruger 04:46:20 Source: Canoeing South Africalast_img read more

Weekly Poll: What is the Buzz at OSCON and Online About the Open Cloud?

first_imgalex williams Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The open cloud is dominating discussions that we are having with people at OSCON. And over the past week, that conversation online has accelerated as the conference approached.Open cloud computing is a big topic. At a granular level, we are hearing lots of talk about the rise of “DevOps,” and “NoSQL“. Topics like open government, APIs and standards are surfacing in panels, keynotes and hallway discussions.Here’s the poll:In terms of open source, everything is on the table. Standards processes are being questioned following Benjamin Black win at a debate at the Cloud Summit. He argued against standards. Here are his slides:OSCON 2010 – Cloud Standards DebateRackpace and NASA announced on the eve of OSCON that they would reveal their code and technology as part of an open cloud initiative called OpenStack.The DevOps movement is getting some buzz. According to Patrick Debois, DevOps is bridging the gap between projects and operations. Practitioners use Agile techniques in development, project management and system administration.Companies in this space include Opscode and Puppet.And NoSQL continues to gain momentum. The topic came up several times at CloudCamp. A number of vendors are here to present their offerings. NorthScale, for instance, released its latest version of membase.So, what do you think? What is the buzz at OSCON and online about the open cloud?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The 25 Campuses Every College Football Fan Needs To Visit

first_imgLogo map of college football teams.We’re a couple of months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. college logo map If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning some trips for the fall. Of course, you’re going to want to visit the campus of your favorite school to take in your team’s games. But America is full of awesome college football towns that everyone needs to visit, regardless of your rooting interest. We’ve decided to rank America’s top 25 college football towns. Put all of these places on your bucket list because they’re definitely worth a trip. Presenting College Spun’s Top 25 College Football Towns. Start With No. 25 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

Kinew to respect chiefs process before final decision on AFN national chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsWab Kinew says he’s contemplating a run for the role of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.With the AFN in limbo after Shawn Atleo’s resignation, he says he still wants to “respect the process” the chiefs must go through before he makes a final confirmation on running.last_img

Texan says hes selling 3Dprinted gun plans after ruling

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online.Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he’ll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them.“Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them,” Wilson said, noting he can only sell to U.S. customers. “They can name their own price.”Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company’s website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson’s Austin-based company, Defence Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defence Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, “It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger.”But Wilson said the ruling still allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can’t post them online for free, widespread distribution.“Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States,” the ruling said on its final page.“I’m following yesterday’s orders that direct me to sell the files,” Wilson said. “The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering.”Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office oversaw the federal lawsuit, said Tuesday that he believes the judge’s ruling makes Wilson’s latest actions illegal.“Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law,” Ferguson said. “If they don’t, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”Andy Reuss, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue to stop him from selling the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defence. He also said he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.Wilson said he believes he could have previously sold the blueprints but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them online for widespread, free distribution.“For many years I chose not to sell these files. I was an open source advocate,” Wilson said. “I don’t expect to make money on it.”___Bellisle reported from Seattle.___Follow Jim Vertuno on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimVertunoFollow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellislelast_img read more

A clear message Alberta proposes legislation to limit oil shipments

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.“The bill sends a clear message: we will use every tool at our disposal to defend Albertans (and) to defend our resources,” Notley said Monday before introducing the proposed law in the legislature. B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016. Horgan has said there are still concerns relating to oil spills and protecting B.C.’s coastline.The Kinder Morgan project would triple the amount of oil shipped on the current line, but has faced repeated court challenges and permit delays.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month that it is pulling back on spending for the project and has given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal that the project will proceed.Trudeau met with Notley and Horgan on Sunday and said Ottawa has joined negotiations with Alberta to buy a stake in Trans Mountain, if necessary, to see that it gets built. Existing pipelines are near capacity and the bill aims to give Alberta the power to adjust what is shipped and where it goes to ensure maximum profitability, the premier said.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline. An expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Notley said the proposed legislation is not punishing B.C. for the Kinder Morgan project’s delay, which she says costs Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue due to market bottlenecks and higher shipping fees.But she said Alberta is “very committed to putting pressure on B.C. to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means.”About 80,000 barrels a day of refined fuels go to British Columbia.Much of B.C.’s energy from Alberta comes from shipments on the existing Trans Mountain line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. Reducing oil flows could lead to immediate gas price spikes at the pumps, along with other higher costs.center_img Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.“That might be the point at which we’re going to have to be a lot more strategic around what products get shipped to what markets by what means,” she said. “Obviously May 31 is now a date that looms quite significantly in that consideration.”Alberta will work with resource companies as things develop, she said.“There will be no surprises and we will work with them on a collaborative basis.”Alberta is building on precedent.In 1981, under then-premier Peter Lougheed, Alberta reduced oil shipments to Central Canada during a fight with the federal government over oil pricing and resource ownership.The result was a new agreement with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that allowed Alberta to retain ownership of its resources along with a more amenable pricing schedule.By Dean BennettTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP Publishes policing report for May

first_imgOn May 17th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver to have a warrant for arrest.  The driver was arrested and later released on a Promise to Appear in Prince George court on outstanding matters. On May 18th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Peace Region Traffic Services and relief RCMP members from across the region, located a theft of fuel in progress on Johnson Creek FSR.  Two suspects were arrested and later released on Promise to Appear in court. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind everyone, especially campers, that proper fire safety will be enforced during the summer.  Please ensure you know your responsibilities for starting, maintaining and extinguishing your fires. To Report a Wildfire;1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phoneFire Information by Phone; HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 35 calls for service between April 18th and May 20th.Five check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  Several check-stops were jointly conducted with CVSE officers who issued several violation tickets and remove defective vehicles from the roadway. One impaired driver was located and issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside driving prohibition. 30 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. Hudson’s Hope RCMP in conjunction with Marg’s Mini Mart, have begun their positive ticketing campaign and will be issuing youth free ice cream tickets for positive behaviour. On May 14th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a break and enter into two Atco trailers along Hwy 29 near Farrell Creek.  The file is still under investigation at this time. File 2019-141 refers. For recorded information on campfires, open fire bans and travel restrictions, call toll-free:1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378)Fire Information Online;www.BCWildfire.cawww.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfotwitter.com/bcgovfireinfolast_img read more

EC to deploy 578 companies of Central Forces covering almost 100% booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will have 100 percent deployment of the Central Forces in the booths in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls with a total deployment of 578 companies. Seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal go to polls on May 6.Apart from the Central Forces, there will be 142 Quick Response Teams (QRT) which will be on patrol in these constituencies and rush whenever there will be reports of any irregularities. The elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag and the Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSources in the Commission said a major challenge on their part is to ensure free and fair elections in Barrackpore that has witnessed incidents of sporadic clashes in recent times between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP. There will be more than 70 companies of the Central Forces for Barrackpore alone. Bhatpara is one of the Assembly constituencies in Barrackpore which was won by Arjun Singh with a Trinamool Congress’ ticket in 2016 Assembly polls. Singh had joined the BJP and has been fielded by the saffron party against TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi who had won the Barrackpore seat in the last Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySpecial Police Observer Vivek Dubey will visit Barrackpore to review the situation on Sunday. He will hold a meeting with the district election officials and also the political parties. According to sources in the state administration, Barasat police district will have 55 companies, Basirhat will have 12, Barrackpore and Chandannagore police commissionerates will have 50 and 52 companies while Hooghly rural will have 154 companies, Howrah rural will have 119 companies and Howrah police commissionerate will have 48 companies of the Central Forces.last_img read more